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By: Jenna Johnson | Posted: 11/04/2013
It took me three months to decide on my wedding colors. Three months. What is wrong with me?! I don’t know why I had such a hard time—I knew what I didn’t want: blush pink, champagne, or any other "stereotypical" wedding colors. I wanted bold and bright. My initial thought was Kelly green. I wanted to incorporate stripes into my wedding and I thought green and white stripes would be perfect. Done . . . or so I thought.
Problem No. 1: My dress. The dress that I found is ombre ivory to ecru (more about that later)! That color combination doesn’t really pair well with Kelly green and white stripes.
Problem No. 2: While talking to Amy Red from Mi Mi Design things got a little more complicated. She pointed out that when you pair together two colors like green and white it tends to get a little sports team-y. Why hadn’t I thought of that?! The worst part is that I went to Michigan State and our colors were green and white. Duh! Amy Red was right. I started picturing alternating rows of green and white chairs and green and white striped draping. It was starting to look like the classiest Michigan State Football game ever—not my vision for my wedding. It was time to rethink everything.
Robin and Amy immediately suggested adding orange, but I wasn’t sold. I spent the next couple weeks analyzing colors. I pulled together random ribbon samples, paint swatches, and pictures from magazines. I wanted to use lots of bold colors, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it work without making it seem like a kids birthday party. I wanted to do a fun patterned tablecloth for the head table so I thought that if I could find the perfect tablecloth I could pull colors from that. I couldn’t find anything. I searched online forever. I went to several fabric stores, but I didn’t find anything. I couldn’t figure out why I was being so picky. Did it really matter that much?
I had a meeting with Alison and Katiee at Aprés to talk about draping, lighting, and linen. The meeting quickly turned into a debate over colors. We pulled down swatch after swatch of tablecloth and napkin options. Robin was with me at the appointment and she was having just as hard of a time as I was. I was the worst kind of bride. The kind that knows everything she doesn’t want, but not what she does want. Alison and Katiee were so patient and helpful. Finally after about 45 minutes we had it! Ecru, pumpkin orange, chartreuse, and deep azure (blue).
I felt so good walking out of Aprés. This was exactly what I needed to move forward in my wedding planning. I had just been stuck. Now we can get started on the save the dates, centerpieces, and flowers! I have a color scheme! Thank you to Amy Red from Mi Mi Design for helping me see the light, and thank you to Katiee and Alison from Aprés for helping me finally come up with my wedding colors!
Carly Reynolds is manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C. See her engagement story.
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